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BOOK REVIEW – Rio Star by Pepper Smith

TITLE: RIO STAR — A Patty O’Donnell Mystery

AUTHOR: Pepper Smith

GENRE: Romantic Suspense / Mystery

This is Pepper’s second book. The first  BLOOD MONEY is reviewed here. The third book REEF RUNNER, comes out as an e-book April 12.

It was exciting to win this book at Pepper Smith’s blog – Painting With Words. She writes suspense and teaches suspense writing at the Muse Online Conference. I’ve taken her class the last two years and appreciate her teaching style, which is very supportive. Her writing is similar – Pepper plays fair with her readers and is masterful at unfolding the story in clear way and timing.

Since the main character is transported away from her everyday world, we don’t see a lot of her family. We do get to see more of a villain from her first book. It is interesting to me to have a villain continuing in the series and I like it. I am looking for him to be in the next book too and want to know more about him. And especially, I’d like to learn more of another unwitting villain, who becomes an ally to Patty, the main character.

I read this book in one day, I couldn’t leave it down.

Disclaimer – My policy is to only review books that I like. I received a copy of this book in a giveaway from the author’s blog.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.,

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Book Review

 

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WEDNESDAY — MY EXPERIENCE WITH CREATING ABUNDANCE

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My journey from poverty consciousness to abundance made big strides once I found Ron and Mary Hulnick’s book, FISCAL FITNESS.

It is in workbook format and I worked it.

My understanding is that two key concepts are to track your finances and to creatively visualize your goals and dreams.

It seemed like a short time and I was in the black. I treasure this book and would never give it up. The Hulnick’s have a newer version out, (1994) called FINANCIAL FREEDOM IN 8 MINUTES A DAY – How To Attract And Manage All The Money You’ll Ever Need. There are cassette tapes available that are helpful to hear. You can play affirmations related to wealth.

If I  feel contracted or worried about money, listening takes me to a better place, back where I want to be.

When I first started with the program, I was single. Now in marriage, my husband does the tracking and I am more of the creative visualizer. Actually, I could use redoing our ideal scenes –  visualizations of how we want our wealth to be proceeding.

I love reading the book. Any page in it. If I open it up and read anything, I feel supported and comforted. If you want powerful, gentle supportive direction regarding your finances: try this book. Financial freedom awaits.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Abundance, Book Review

 

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BOOK REVIEW Blood Money by Pepper Smith


TITLE: BLOOD MONEY _ A Patty O’Donnell Mystery
AUTHOR: Pepper Smith
GENRE: Romantic Suspense / Mystery

Blood Money by Pepper Smith

It was exciting to win this book at Pepper Smith’s blog – Painting With Words. She writes suspense and teaches suspense writing at the Muse Online Conference. I’ve taken her class the last two years and appreciate her teaching style, which is very supportive. I expected reading her book to be like experiencing a long classroom demonstration. Very soon, I forgot scholarly pursuits, as I was transported into the world of Patty O’Donnell, her main character.

Mysteries are my favorite genre to read. Lucky for me Pepper has two more books in the series so I don’t have to miss the characters too much. Pepper excels at creating characters to care about, the kind you keep thinking about after you put the book down. Oh yes and I am happy to see a villain lives and I’m hoping to see him again in the rest of the series. He is the kind of villain you want to see again.

OPENING LINE – The thief had been hiding in our house for nearly a week before anyone realized he was there.

Doesn’t that conjure up a lot for you? Once the suspense builds and I care about the characters, I go and read the last line, the whole last page actually. I want to know who lives. My daughter gets on my case about this, saying it will ruin the book for me. It didn’t. I’ve done this since I was a child.

A good plot is my favorite thing. It was very enjoyable to read and try to figure the different angles and guess at the results. Another thing I look for, is to be able to figure out, at least a tad of the mystery. I figured out only the tiniest bit. It was enough to keep my ego happy. Pepper plays fair with the reader and the plot evolves in unexpected ways. When the suspense got to a certain level of intensity, I flipped ahead and read the last paragraphs of each chapter. This book delighted me with surprise twists, even though I read ahead. It is a testament to the intensity of the suspense.

Pepper’s second book is RIO STAR. The third book REEF RUNNER, comes out as an e-book in April. The covers have a picture of Patty O’Donnell on them — a brilliant way to help us start to know her.

This book delivered for someone like me.

Please let me know how you like it?

Disclaimer – My policy is to only review books that I like. I received a copy of this book in a giveaway from the author’s blog.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Book Review

 

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Book Review – A TIME TO GRIEVE by Carol Staudacher.

A few days ago I woke in the wee hours with a lot of anxiety, think terror. I realized it was about not wanting to lose my loved ones and have to go through the pain of grieving. My ego tries to protect me, by suggesting that I not love anyone and save myself that pain. I did try that, when I was young and it didn’t work. I think our nature at it’s most basic, is loving.

A psychology professor sent me a book, after my second brother died. It’s called A TIME TO GRIEVE -Meditations for healing after the death of a loved one, by Carol Staudacher.

TITLE: A TIME TO GRIEVE -Meditations for healing after the death of a loved one.

AUTHOR: Carol Staudacher

PUBLISHER: HarperOne; 1 edition (July 8, 1994)

Paperback: 256 pages

PRICE: $14.99

In it she states many common feelings people grieving have and then a quote. She continues the page with a meditation about that issue.

Here are two quotes that stood out to me.

Grief itself is a medicine. by William Cowper.

He had ceased to meet us in particular places, in order to meet us everywhere. by C.S. Lewis.

I like to think that my departed loved ones are with me in my heart. It helps me to think that when they die they become omnipresent to me.

Anyway, the book is a blessing to anyone grieving. It was and is to me.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2010 in Book Review, Uncategorized

 

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BOOK REVIEW – The Perfect Gift For Anyone Over 14.

Beth and Jim Hood’s new book Test Drive Your Future is the perfect gift for anyone – including you.
Whether you are challenged to figure out your career or are a person who knew from an early age what you wanted to be – this book will help you be more efficient in your search.
If you are a college bound person, a housewife returning to the workforce or a depressed middle aged person living at home with your parents – this book will help you.
The Hoods have the subject well covered in clear manageable steps that translate readily to any life situation.
They help you experience greater clarity, that I think is basic to getting more of what you want and need.
Three of my favorite parts of the book are
1. Finding out who makes up my navigation team (supportive people), so I can focus more on them.
2. The end notes in the book are fascinating to me.
3. Matt’s text under keeping refueled, is an important suggestion I haven’t often seen.

It all adds up to excellence, in my book.

Disclaimer – My policy is to only review books that I like. I received a copy of this book as a gift from the authors for reading through an earlier draft.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2010 in Book Review, How to

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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I am feeling so good about the fact that When I became so absorbed in a book I have been reading: I had the opportunity to drop everything and just read yesterday.

I finished the book, except the epilogue. It was so good, I didn’t want to stop reading. I laid outside on a lounge chair and read. Life doesn’t get much better.

The book is THE HELP.

The book is about the lives of black housekeepers in the south in the 60’s. It is an exquisite balance of the ugly and the beautiful. I liked it even though the author sidesteps sexual abuse.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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BOOK REVIEW – NATHANIEL FLUDD BEASTOLOGIST Book One FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX

The next book from this year’s Horned Toad Takes that we are reading is

NATHANIEL FLUDD BEASTOLOGIST Book One FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX

It’s a middle grade book by R.L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy,

In this book a ten year old boy’s parents are presumed dead after their plane goes down at the North Pole.

The boy is taken in by his only Aunt who teaches him the family tradition of studying  mythical beasts. The boy and his aunt’s dodo bird start out antagonistic to each other.

My grandchildren are completely hooked and were disappointed when we had to stop reading last night.

This book is published by Houghton Milton Books for children.  I find myself thinking – dodo birds, they’re extinct aren’t they? And Phoenix are mythical creatures? My understanding of Boyd’s Mills Press publishing is that they rarely publish fantasy. If they do, they want it to be clearly unreal. There is something to be said for that.

Most of you would probably say these are clearly unreal. This adult is momentarily challenged, well some would say more than momentarily, but I refer to just this instance.

My grandchildren don’t have any problem with the unreality of this and know it is fiction.

When we finish reading it, I will update this.

Addendum: My grandchildren loved the book and so did I. We have plans to read the next book in the series when I visit again.

I haven’t received any compensation for this review.

Copyright Jeanne Litt 2010

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2010 in Book Review

 

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Book Review – The Hunger Games

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins.

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* 384 pages

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My daughter gave me this book to read. Because of it I stayed up way too late for a few nights.It is excellent. It reminds me of THE GIVER by Lois Lowry.

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It’s that kind of take on society that makes you sad and also shows human nature at it’s finest.

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It leaves you thinking about the characters and wondering how they are. Tonight my daughter brings home the second book in the series. Woo hoo.

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I’d love to hear how you like it. My comments will be off till I get home in two weeks. Have your best day ever.

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Copyright Jeanne Litt 2010

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2010 in Book Review

 

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Book Review – HORN TOAD BOOKS

At my grandchildren’s school library, they feature a list of HornToad books. These are children’s books chosen for their excellence.

Two nights ago I started reading one to my grandchildren. It’s called

43 Old Cemetary Road

Dying To Meet You

by Kate Klise

Illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

I wondered if I was going to lose the children’s attention as the scene was set. A grumpy children’s writer rents a house so he can write a novel about a ghost tamer. To his surprise the house comes with a ghost and a boy whose parents are traveling.

The children were entranced. We read 1/3 of this 154 page book.

The entire book is written in newspaper clippings, letters and handwritten notes, plus the many illustrations.

The characters are well developed.

We can’t ait to finish it.

Copyright Jeanne Litt 2010

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Abundance, Uncategorized

 

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BOOK REVIEW – THE HINOMOTO REBELLION

TITLE: THE HINOMOTO REBELLION – Book One of the Aka Ryuu Chronicles.

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Staley

PAPERBACK: 352 Pages.
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It was lucky I could clear my schedule this weekend because once I got into this book, I didn’t want to put it down. This SciFi/Fantasy novel set in future Japan is a superbly crafted hero’s journey.
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It’s also lucky that because I did Script Frenzy, I found Liz and her blog, where I won a copy of this book. I was very interested in her work because she writes AND illustrates. She does both with excellence.

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The heroine is in a group of young people banded together to fight injustice. Have you heard the saying that girls will read books with a male or female main character, but boys only want books with a male main character? I think boys will also like this book because there are so many strong secondary characters who are male.

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These characters get their way into your heart for their loyalty and valor, while having endearing humanness that is so interesting.

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I love that the heroine has multiple sets of the same outfit. That is something I do when I find something I love.

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Well plotted, the ending was ultimately satisfying and emotional. A sequel is set up at the end of the book. Looking forward to that helps to assuage the sense of loss over finishing the book and leaving the alternate reality you’ve been in.

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The cover art is by Julie Minter.  The author did all the interior illustrations and she publishes a web comic three times a week here.

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The next book in the Aka Ryuu Chronicles will come out in 2011.

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Book Review

 

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